Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Danny Brown #ExpressYourself 'Trampy' Twerking Diplo

    Hear Danny Brown's Diplo-Inspired Twerk Tribute '#ExpressYourself'

    As Diplo's just-shy-of-a-million Twitter followers are no doubt very familiar, the in-demand producer has given the so-called twerk a wholehearted embrace. Shortly after releasing his "Express Yourself" single featuring New Orleans bounce star Nicky Da B, the man born Thomas Wesley Pentz launched his #ExpressYourself contest. The winner were announced in June of last year, but that hasn't stopped his female fans from keeping the hashtag alive by tweeting him pictures of their asses in the air. The Major Lazer-maker's impressive feat has inspired Danny Brown to create a new song called "#ExpressYourself" — not surprising when you revisit the Detroit MC's wonderfully raunchy XXX, or any other song he's released. In any case, you can stream the man's tribute below, which is produced, naturally, by someone named Trampy.

  • New York Renaissance Mixtape Peter Rosenberg Rap ASAP Rocky

    Hear Peter Rosenberg's 'New York Renaissance' Mixtape, a Snapshot of a Scene in Flux

    Forget your freshmen lists and cool it with the hottest MCs (well, unless you're looking at SPIN's picks) — Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg has dropped his The New York Renaissance mixtape and it's jam-packed with bubbling East Coast talent. The terribly named but mightily talented Joey Bada$$ kicks things off with a Harry Fraud-produced ivory-tickler. The Brooklyn beatsmith sticks around for an Action Bronson track called "Compliments to the Chef" (fitting), and our hipster-bashing buddy Dyme-a-Duzin contributes his "New Brooklyn Remix" (plus "4get About It"). A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg drop by for a freestyle, as do Breaking Out stars Flatbush Zombies (they share a new song, too).

  • Dan Deacon 'Konono Ripoff No. 1' Record Store Day

    Hear Dan Deacon's 'Konono Ripoff No. 1,' a Record Store Day Tribute to the DRC

    Dan Deacon joins the impressive spate of awesome artists doing Record Store Day exclusives — Pussy Galore, Jack White, MGMT, and Black Lips to name a precious few — with typically culture-jamming aplomb. They guy who recently mashed up Grimes with Gangnam Style and used warped workout footage for a music video will release a 7-inch single for the song, "Konono Ripoff No. 1." The track is of course named after Congolese percussion posse Konono No. 1, famous for their heavily distorted mbira-powered compositions. Deacon's song, streaming below, certainly sounds inspired by the group's sound, though it's also as drug-damaged and smile-twisted as you'd expect. The single will actually feature two versions of "Ripoff," with drummers Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on side A and drummers Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on side B.

  • Amazon Vinyl AutoRip Free MP3s

    Amazon Offers Free MP3s to 15 Years of Vinyl Customers

    Back in January, Amazon launched its AutoRip program, which gives customers free digital copies of the CDs that they buy using the site. As of today, the online consumer hub is extending the service to vinyl fans as well. What's more, if you've ever purchased physical albums in either format from Amazon, who opened their music store in 1998, your dusty old stacks may be up for digitizing as well.Users of the Amazon Cloud Player will find all new purchases instantly uploaded to their online music cache where the individual songs are available for both streaming and downloading in high-quality 256 kbps MP3 form. Older albums can be added as long as they are eligible for AutoRip — a press release boasts "thousands of titles ...

  • Rick Ross Rape Lyric Apology Twitter Reebok UOENO Rocko

    Rick Ross' Latest 'Apology' Proves He Still Doesn't Understand Meaning of Rape

    Rick Ross, you can do better. That sentiment has been the overwhelming response from fans of the Maybach Music Group CEO to a tweet that he sent out this morning (April 4) seemingly attempting to end his latest controversy by faking an apology. The Bawse has come under fire for a lyric on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." in which he brags about drugging a woman and sleeping with her: "Took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it."Last week Ross was given a chance to speak on the issue in an interview with New Orleans radio station Q93.3 and he completely dropped the ball.

  • Bibio Silver Wilkinson Video Sampler Songs Album Stream

    Preview Bibio's 'Silver Wilkinson' Album, an Organic Electronic Dream

    British beatsmith and dream-pop producer Bibio is prepping his seventh album for a May 14 release. We're still not sure what a Silver Wilkinson is, but everything we've heard thus far suggests that it has a proclivity for gorgeous combinations of acoustic instrumentation and electronic modulation, with an emphasis on the kind of forward-thinking sonics that continue to power the Warp Music label. Above, Bibio has crafted a three-minute trip through the new LP's track list, accompanied by purty visuals that play off of the album's artwork.

  • Flying Lotus Adventure Time A Glitch Is a Glitch About That

    Hear Flying Lotus' Blissfully Glitchy 'Adventure Time' Closing Credits Song

    Flying Lotus is a known fan of the cartoon kingdom. His rap villain alter-ego Captain Murphy could testify to that (though you'd have to drink the cult Kool-Aid first), but his history has been intertwined with animation from the beginning. The man born Steven Ellison got his big break making bumper music for Adult Swim, so it's only right that he give back to the fantasy world that's given him so much.Cartoon Network's Adventure Time is a favorite in Los Angeles' beat-based underground (Tyler, the Creator and Baths are known fanboys), and FlyLo composed a new track for the end credits of the most recent episode, "A Glitch Is a Glitch." Experimental artist David O'Reilly wrote, directed, and animated the particularly surreal installment of the series (the A.V.

  • James Blake RZA Big Boi 'Take a Fall For Me' 'Every Day I Rain'

    Hear James Blake Collab with RZA, Sample Big Boi on Two New 'Overgrown' Leaks

    James Blake's Overgrown is due out April 9 — less than a week away — which means the English producer-singer is probably in a rush to stream the precious few tracks we haven't yet heard from the thing. The doomingly sexy "Retrograde" arrived with an earth-shattering video. "Digital Lion" arrived with an assist from Brian Eno. Then came "Our Love Comes Back," and the trippy clip for "Voyeur." Now we've got one of the most anticipated songs in the set: "Take a Fall For Me," featuring RZA, which turns out to be a heartbreaking paean to a woman who plans on marrying another man. The Wu-Tang Clan master spits some serious emotion between pained blurts from Blake and stormy atmospherics.

  • Infectious Groove Reunion Faith No More Orion Festival

    Infectious Groove Reunite With Faith No More Guitarist Jim Martin for Orion Music Festival

    Metallica's Orion Music + More festival is coming in hot. After leaving behind Atlantic City for the blank urban-ish canvas that is Detroit, the band revealed headliners Deftones and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus supporting SPIN faves like Death Grips, FIDLAR, and Japandroids, and announced a series of "lifestyle" events including a Vans half-pipe and a Metallica museum. A new press release touts the addition of Rocket From the Crypt, Vista Chino, and Dead Sara, but that's not all.Fans of all things hard and funky have got something else to look forward to: a bona fide original-member reunion of early '90s supergroup Infectious Grooves. Well, except for guitarist Adam Siegel. Which is fine, because they've wrangled former Faith No More ax-man Jim Martin to take his place. As for the rest of the posse? Suicidal Tendencies singer Mike Muir and guitarist Dean Pleasants.

  • Snoop Lion Miley Cyrus 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks'

    Hear Snoop Lion and Miley Cyrus Fill Up 'Ashtrays' Over 'Heartbreaks'

    To borrow from the lyrics of "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks," is there any possibility that anyone feels like Miley Cyrus? You know, that nagging "my buzz is gone and I need to re-up on reality" vibe? Thankfully, Doggfather Snoop Lion totally gets it — that's why he's rolling blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt. After all, this is a song about mourning.

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